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Saturday, May 25, 2019

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             Endre Farkas, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Phillip Ross White & Michel Bonneau

                              Welcome you to and Evening in the Muses’ Company:

 

                                   An evening of poetry; from sound to speech.

                              An evening of music; from breath to beat.

                                   An evening of poetry; from page to stage.

                               An evening of music; from moment to moment.

                                   An evening of poetry; from word to world.

                              An evening of music; from harmony to cacophony.

 

                                         @ Café Shaika 5526 Sherbrooke Ouest

                                                      Saturday May 25, 2019

                                                                       7:30

Michel, Ross,& Endre rehearsing Love in Quebec

Carolyn & Ross discussing The City of Everything

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Arabic Lesson #1

 

مرحبا/Marhaba/Hello

 

In 2013, Carolyn Marie Souaid and I enrolled in a class to learn Arabic. It was an unofficial class given by a recently arrived Israeli Palestinian, Anwar Alhjooj. He had been a lawyer in Israel. He is now director of Montreal City Mission. There were about seven of us, who met once a week to grasp the sounds, words and phrases of a language that had me tearing out what little hair I had left. The subtle, silent consonants and throaty diphthongs were almost inaccessible to my tone-deaf ears, mind and lips.  But the real lessons turned out to be more the discussions (mainly in English) about politics and culture with occasional focus on the meaning of words, pronunciation and syntax.  The wall of language became a bridge and the experience, the genesis of the play Arabic Lessons.

Endre Farkas, Sophie Stone Michel Bonneau, Adrian Marquis Manicom, Rebecca Bauer

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Duke Eatmon of Radio Noon (CBC 88.5 or 104.7 FM) has invited me to be on his show Tuesday April 23 (12:00-1:00) (Shakespeare’s birthday) to talk about National Poetry Month. I will be focusing on Montreal English Poetry and poets for a whole hour!  I will talk about its past, present and maybe its future, its role, its duty, its soul. I will read poems by Montreal poets. You are invited/encouraged to call in to ask questions, to tell us of your encounter with Montreal poets and poetry. Do you have a favourite poet, poem(s)? Does poetry have any relevance in this time and place?

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